Nintendo on Thursday releases Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 for the Wii U. The new release is a digital port of the Game Boy Advance remake of the popular Super Mario Bros. 3. Recall that the game was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The Super Mario Bros. 3 is viewed by fans as one of the best side-scrollers ever created by Mario games. The Game Boy Advance version includes improved graphics and extra levels.
Nintendo’s Super Mario Advance 4 part
The company actually released four ports of classic Mario games for the Game Boy Advance, all with the Super Mario Advance label, writes Mike Minotti of Venturebeat. The first one was a remake of Super Mario Bros. 2. Nintendo however, jumped straight to Super Mario World and thereafter Yoshi’s Island, which created a kind of an awkward situation where “Super Mario Bros. 3 is simultaneously the fourth entry in a subseries.”
Available for download starting from Thursday in North America, are the Game Boy Advance and Wii titles respectively. While the Super Mario Advance, which includes the e-Rader-Exclusive levels, will cost $7.99, the Zack and Wiki can be purchased for $19.99.
Nintendo’s Super Mario Advance 4 will be a prized addition to an impressive group of Game Boy Advance games being offered on the Wii U Virtual Console. On the other hand, Zack and Wiki mark just one of nine Wii games up for download, reports Polygon.
The Wii games console run natively on Wii U hardware, which makes it quite different from the Virtual Console titles and this as opposed to through emulation. That is not all however, as the Wii also offers backward compatibility for Wii games. Talking about similarities, the two types of downloads offer the option of off-screen play with the GamePad.
In the first part of this year, Nintendo intends to release some fun “amiibo functionality.” Also in the offing are games like: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U console and Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, both launching in March, use a wide variety of different compatible amiibo figures.
In related news, the company says it will launch its legendary Wolf Link amiibo that is included in every physical version of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, as well as three new figures in the Animal Crossing amiibo series, featuring fan-favourite characters like Timmy & Tommy, Kapp’n and Rover in March 2016.
“New amiibo figures and functionality will keep surprising fans in 2016,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “All the upcoming amiibo prove that the must-have figures are continuing to evolve in unexpected and fun ways.”
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 looks fantastic on the television and the screen of the Wii U GamePad, and I am pretty sure a lot of fans would love it when they download it.